Louisville, KY– On a cold, brisk Saturday afternoon, Cardinal Stadium was filled with fans in attendance to watch the Louisville seniors play their final home game in a Cardinal jersey. Notable seniors include Malik Cunningham, Chandler Jones, Momo Sanogo, Yaya Diaby, Yasir Abdullah, and Adonis Boone among others.
Scott Satterfield and his coaching staff had this team ready to go against an NC State team who has fluctuated up and down in the AP Top 25 all season long. The narrative heading into the game was who could control the line of scrimmage?
That was the name of the game for the entire 60 minutes of game time. However, Louisville was able to record 192 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown by redshirt sophomore running back Jawhar Jordan. And NC State was only able to reach 77 total rushing yards between their running backs and quarterbacks.
Jordan was the star running back in this game and he found his name echoed throughout Cardinal Stadium all game long. Standing back to receive a kickoff, Jordan initially could not corral the football, but he scoops it up and takes it to the endzone for the lone touchdown of the first half.
98 YARDS TO THE HOUSE!!!
— Louisville Football (@LouisvilleFB) November 19, 2022
Both the Wolfpack defense and the Cardinal defense dominated the line of scrimmage overall the entire length of the game. There were only two total offensive plays that ended in a touchdown. For NC State, Michael Allen caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Finley in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jawhar Jordan found his way into the endzone on a 2-yard run after a long completion from Louisville quarterback Brock Domann to the always reliable Tyler Hudson for 36 yards.
This win marks only the second time in their past five matchups that Louisville has come away with a win, dating back to 2017. After the abysmal Boston College loss, the Cardinals have found their groove as a team and have now dug out of an 0-3 ACC record to finish the season at .500 with a 4-4 in-conference record.
Also, Brock Domann is now undefeated this season as Louisville’s starting quarterback. Leading the team to a win over Virginia and now to a win over NC State, Domann has solidified himself as a viable option to get behind center when Malik Cunningham goes down with an injury.
There are only two more games of the season for the Cardinals with their matchup against their long-standing rival Kentucky Wildcats and their bowl game, so the opportunities for Domann to continue to take the field for Scott Satterfield are dwindling. However, Cunningham is still listed as day-to-day ahead of next week’s matchup.
Louisville coach Scott Satterfield told me after the game that Malik Cunningham “was close” to being able to play this week. Will be day-to-day for game UK game.
— Jody Demling (@jdemling) November 20, 2022
Seven wins is a threshold that Scott Satterfield has only reached twice as the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals. As far as the records stack up heading into the last regular season game, Louisville sits at 7-4 while Kentucky sits at 6-4. What a treat the watching world is in for. Kickoff is set for 3:00 PM EST on the SEC Network Saturday November 26, 2022.